Sunoco stars light up the streets of Barrie! Roth, Di Leo, Morad, Herder, Usher, Patrick, Wright, Pelletier, Keatings and de Heus all get class wins at Barrie Grand Prix BARRIE, ONTARIO - For the second straight year, the Sunoco Ron ...
Sunoco stars light up the streets of Barrie!
Roth, Di Leo, Morad, Herder, Usher, Patrick, Wright, Pelletier, Keatings and de Heus all get class wins at Barrie Grand Prix
BARRIE, ONTARIO - For the second straight year, the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship Presented by Toronto Star Wheels has paid a visit to the streets of Barrie, and no one in attendance would argue that the 'Sunoco stars' put on a show to remember. Ten classes were contested over the two-day weekend, and this year the action was second to none. Ironically the last race of the weekend, Formula Senior - the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship headline class - was probably the best. Newmarket's Mike Roth overcame everything that 30 of the best shifter kart drivers in Canada could throw at him - including blocking the track with hay bales - to take a huge win for his First Kart team. While Roth was the headline class winner, he was by no means the only winner on the weekend.
Markham's Daniel Morad (Formula Junior), Stouffville's Pearce Herder (Canada Junior Heavy) and Woodstock's William Keatings (World Formula Junior) all kept their win streaks alive at Barrie. Other Junior class winners included Cambridge's Ben Wright in Canada Junior Light, Longueuil, Quebec's Maxime Pelletier in RotaxMax Junior.
Uxbridge's Aaron de Hues won Canada Senior Light, while Belle River's Dave Patrick took home Canada Senior Heavy honours. Woodstock's Corey Usher won the World Formula Senior final, while Markham's Marco Di Leo won kept his RotaxMax Senior win streak alive - he has won every round so far.
Roth, who was celebrating his 21st birthday "for the third time" on Sunday, was also awarded the GM Racing Winner's Circle Award, which goes to a driver judged to have displayed outstanding competition skills and sportsmanship. The assembled crowd sung happy birthday to Roth while he accepted the award.
The Pratt & Miller Team Spirit Award, which awards teams that are judged to exhibit the highest levels of teamwork in the areas of presentation, preparation and results. "I have never seen a more professional group," claimed ASN Canada FIA Vice President of Competition Paul Cooke as he presented the award to the volunteer corner workers dubbed "The Tiffen Turn Crew". A huge round of applause from the competitors accompanied the announcement, and the workers of the 'Tiffen turn' had their 'turn' in the spotlight.
These workers were honoured for their three-day service of constantly rebuilding the hay bale walls at the south end of the track. "They refused to let the racers win," Cooke said. "Everytime the karters knocked down the hay bales, the Tiffen crew went right back to work rebuilding the wall - under some very trying conditions."
The objective of the the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship Presented by Toronto Star Wheels is to help foster a professional environment for kart drivers; help create a positive attitude towards appearance, conduct and discipline; help foster the employment of the best practices for the safe and fair running of competitions; and help kart drivers to move up the racing ladder to automobile racing.